10 New England Villages You Should See

  • Kent Falls State Park covered bridge

    Kent, Connecticut

    Incorporated in 1739, the village of Kent sits near the border of New York in northwestern Connecticut. After exploring the shops and Library along Kent's Main Street, take a day trip out to explore the beautiful Kent Falls State Park for a picnic or a swim.

    Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr

  • Lobster roll from New Harbor

    New Harbor, Maine

    Located 60 miles north of Portland, the tiny town of New Harbor, Maine serves as one of the last working harbors in the middle coast of the state. In a village whose residents are known for lobstering, you can bet the lobster rolls are some of the best in New England.

    Photo courtesy of Yuri Long

  • Queechee Gorge, VT

    Queechee Gorge Village, Vermont

    Queechee Gorge Village is your jumping off point for exploring "Vermont's Little Grand Canyon," but the quaint town is also one of New England's best shopping destinations, with a variety of antiques, crafts and collectables dealers. Be sure to stop in for an all-American meal at the Queechee Diner.

    Photo courtesy of cvandermey

  • Rosaly's Farm Stand in Peterborough, NH

    Peterborough, New Hampshire

    The small town of Peterborough in New Hampshire has long been the home of the MacDowell Art Colony, the country's oldest artists' retreat that has produced at least 61 Pulitzer Prize winners. In the summer months, the town comes alive with live music performances, outdoor movie screenings and the First Friday community festival.

    Photo courtesy of Authentic New England

  • Provincetown from Pilgrim Monument

    Provincetown, Massachusetts

    This Cape Cod charmer, located 115 miles from Boston, has a history dating back more than 400 years and has become a favored haunt of artists and bohemian types in recent decades. From here, you'll have deserted beaches and all the hustle and bustle of Commercial Street, the main drag, at your disposal.

    Photo courtesy of Tim Grafft/MOTT

  • Blue Hill, Maine

    Blue Hill has a tiny population – less than 3,000 people – but it comes alive in summer as visitors to nearby Acadia National Park stop in to enjoy the art galleries, sumptuous seafood and the serene waters of Blue Hill Bay, perfect for kayaking. Plan your visit for Labor Day weekend, when the town hosts its annual Blue Hill Fair.

    Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr

  • Marblehead, Massachusetts

    Known as the "Yachting Capital of America," Marblehead has one of the most picturesque harbors on the East Coast. Located just 17 miles from Boston, the historic town has more than 200 buildings – both homes and businesses – that predate the Revolutionary War. Check in to one of the many family-owned B&Bs for a weekend of relaxation in this laid back New England Village.

    Photo courtesy of Rick Harris

  • Wickford, Rhode Island

    Driving into Rhode Island's Wickford Village is like stepping back in time to a New England of a century ago. This sleepy seaside village is dotted with historic homes, local boutiques and outdoor cafes. On Thursday evenings throughout summer and early fall, the parking lot by the docks transforms into the Wickford Village Farmers Market.

    Photo courtesy of Josh McGinn

  • Peacham, settled in 1776

    Peacham, Vermont

    Peacham, one of the most-photographed villages in New England, served as the filming location for the Liam Neeson film Ethan Frome. With historic homes, a white steeple church, an adorable handicraft market and views over the White Mountains of neighboring New Hampshire, Peacham deserves a spot on any New England itinerary, particularly after the leaves turn in fall.

    Photo courtesy of Madeleine Holland

  • House on Main Street in Essex, CT

    Essex, Connecticut

    The riverfront village of Essex is consistently ranked as one of the best towns in New England due to its miles of tree-lined sidewalks, early colonial architecture, antique shops, specialty boutiques and beautiful marinas. Two of the best ways to experience the town and the rest of the Connecticut River Valley are the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat.

    Photo courtesy of Joe Mabel

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